Our Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Make Homemade Pie with Decorative Crusts
Don't let stress become a part of your Thanksgiving feast -- our Thanksgiving survival guide is here to help! From quick how-to videos that guide you through everything from brining a turkey to crafting a centerpiece, we make hosting Thanksgiving easy.

Use herbs, such as sage, in addition to salt, pepper, and onions for a delicious take on roast turkey. Our turkey recipe ensures flavorful results for your Thanksgiving dinner or for any other special-occasion dinner.

How to Cook a Turkey with Herbs

Make your turkey extra flavorful this Thanksgiving by cooking it with fresh herbs -- here's how!

Add incredible flavor and moisture to your turkey recipe by brining it before roasting. The process of brining a turkey is easier than you think -- we've even got a secret that frees up room in your refrigerator.

How to Brine a Turkey

Max out the flavor of your Thanksgiving turkey with the brining technique – watch this short video to learn how it’s done.

Ever wondered how to deep-fry a turkey? We help you pick the right oil for frying and figure out how much oil to use, so you'€™ll get the most delicious turkey for your family'€™s dinner.

How to Deep-Fry a Turkey

Learn how to deep-fry your turkey with these easy tips from our Test Kitchen.

Watch as we carve a turkey for Thanksgiving or another special dinner. We help you separate the light meat from the dark meat so you get the most out of your holiday bird.

How to Carve a Turkey

Learn how to properly carve a turkey (in the kitchen, not at the table!) with our quick secrets-to-success video.

Put pinecones in a whole new place this fall...on your chairs! See how simple it is to add a little elegance to the table.

Pinecone Chair Toppers

Bring the outdoors inside with these pinecone chair decorations, perfect and easy additions to your Thanksgiving table.

Make mashed potatoes from scratch -- the creamy results are a special side dish for any dinner. See how our Test Kitchen experts make their mashed potatoes using two types of potatoes and a surprisingly simple process.

Tips for Making Mashed Potatoes

Make your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes just the way you like them with these tips from our Test Kitchen expert.

Learn how to make pure and simple succotash from this American cooking guru.

How to Make Succotash

Learn how to make a basic succotash recipe for your Thanksgiving feast from renowned American chef Scott Peacock and Better Homes and Gardens Food Editor Nancy Hopkins.

Gather up fall’s bounty and put it on display with this simple layered wreath.

How to Make a Harvest Wreath

Make a pretty harvest wreath for your front door to welcome Thanksgiving guests with our step-by-step instructions.

Get creative with your centerpiece designs -- a chalkboard-painted platter works great as a Thanksgiving centerpiece and can be transformed to use on your table year-round.

Make a Creative Thanksgiving Centerpiece

A simple platter becomes a pretty Thanksgiving centerpiece with some chalkboard paint and colored chalk -- watch how it's done!

Here are some terrific ideas for Holiday place settings and napkins that your guests will appreciate.

Easy Thanksgiving Napkin Ideas

Set your Thanksgiving table with these easy and beautiful fall napkin ideas from cookbook author Sandra Lee.

Enjoy a delicious pie recipe with homemade pie dough. We show you how to roll the pie dough and transfer it to a pie plate. Wondering how much dough to roll out? We'€™ve got the answer!

How to Roll Pie Dough

Make a perfect pie for your Thanksgiving feast with our expert tips on how to roll pie dough.

Get a gorgeous lattice-top pie-€”we show you how! From rolling and cutting the dough to carefully weaving the strips, this method ensures you'll have a beautiful pie presentation every time.

How to Make a Woven Lattice-Top Pie

Our simple tips for weaving a lattice-top pie crust will turn a basic Thanksgiving pie into a presentationworthy dessert.

Our five techniques change your homemade pie crusts from basic to beautiful. Pick your favorite for the most beautiful decorated pie -- each is very easy and the results are spectacular.

Make Homemade Pie with Decorative Crusts

Put the final flourish on all your homemade pies with ease – check out our five simple techniques for making beautiful pies every time.

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